IMAGES OF OUR PAST - CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY - CAPT. BOBBIE E. BROWN, LAURENS COUNTY, GEORGIA
of Laurens County, Georgia, Georgia's First awardee of the Congressional Medal of Honor. (September 2, 1903 – November 8, 1971) was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Crucifix Hill, near Aachen, Germany, on October 8, 1944. He left home and joined the army in 1918, lying about his age. At the start of World War II, he was the first sergeant of the Headquarters Company of the 2nd Armored Division. He received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant and was transferred to the 1st Infantry Division in 1943. Following the death of his company commander on D-Day he assumed command of his company, Company C. Brown left the army with the rank of captain in 1952.